I expect a busy Monday with NFL and Buffalo Bills news. For now, here’ s a little smattering of news and rumors to get you through the early part of the morning.
This actually isn’t rumor but facts. Brian Galliford lays out an easy-to-understand post citing the four options the Bills have regarding quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick over the next day and a half.
This is what I’m hearing on Andy Levitre, due to become an unrestricted free agent tomorrow. Mind you, what I’m reporting is absolutely nothing groundbreaking. I hear that Buddy Nix has kept dialogue going with his agent and would like Levitre back, but are bracing for his departure and going over fallback scenarios.
I think there’s a strong chance he ends up in Indianapolis with a contract paying him an average salary of more than $7 million. Other, more prominent writers predict he’ll suit up next for the Titans. There’s rumors that the Bills could have an interest in San Diego guard Louis Vasquez. I think it’s nearly a formality that Levitre will leave. I’m still not convinced the Bills are ready to invest significantly at guard and a more realistic option could be bringing back Chad Reinhart and spending a mid-round draft pick on a new guy.
Rotoworld’s Evan Silva forecasts the 100 top free agents and predicts the Bills land a pair of former New York Jets; safety LaRon Landry and defensive tackle Mike Devito.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that the “league wide expectation” is coveted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace will end up with the Miami Dolphins.
Fellow free agent receiver Greg Jennings said weather would be a factor in his decision on where he plays next. Apparently so will his next quarterback.
Staying on the wide receiver kick yet again, CSN-Philly is reporting that the Eagles plan on making an offer to free agent Danny Amendola.
I got a bad feeling (the Bills fan in me does) that James Harrison is going to end up in the AFC East.
Lastly, I’m confident the Bills have Dannell Ellerbee on their radar and will take a major run at him should he not re-sign in Baltimore before tomorrow afternoon. Let’s make this very clear—it’s going to take more money, significantly more than Baltimore is willing to pay him to lure him to Buffalo. If he ends up in Buffalo, not likely since they’ll face competition and Nix has stated he’s not willing to overpay on the market this time around, he’s going to have a contract that will have some people around the league scratching their heads.
Brad Jones (Green Bay) is another linebacker to keep an eye on. Put it this way, you can bet your last dollar the Bills are going to spend a lot of time and effort in free agency looking for pieces at linebacker. They’re currently dreadful at the position with a unit currently featuring Kelvin Sheppard, Nigel Bradham and Bryan Scott (no, seriously.)
We’ll be back with more updates throughout the day as more news and rumors surely trickle in.